After the Ride
On returning to the venue (finish) give the timekeeper your number, they will tell you your finishing time. Dismount and walk back to the trailer. You have up to 30 minutes to get the horse’s pulse down to below 64 - hopefully a lot lower. Untack and put head collar on, tie up to trailer. Offer him a drink but do not feed until after vetting.
Check the horse’s pulse then depending on the reading and the weather, pour or sponge water over neck, back and the big veins on the hind legs unless it is cold and wet! Try and reduce his heart rate.
Check there are no stones in the horse’s feet. Keep checking the pulse and, when it is as low as you think you can get it, walk quietly to the vets for your final vetting; the same procedures will occur that happened at the beginning.
Remember you must present to the vet within 30 minutes or you will be eliminated. You may have to queue but, providing you have told the vet steward you are there, that is fine. You may need the 30 minutes to begin with but the sooner you can present with a low pulse the better.
After vetting go back to the trailer, feed, let your horse relax before loading.
Allow at least 30 minutes before going to the secretary for your mastercard, vet sheet, grade and rosette after your final vetting.
File your master card and vet sheet in your log book for safe keeping.
Some information for those new to
Planning your first Endurance Ride
Before entering an endurance ride, be sure that you and your horse are fit enough. If you are contemplating a 32 km ride, try riding about 24 km two weeks before the competition at between 10 - 11.5 kph - this means you must average at least 1.6 km every ten minutes' riding and your 24 km ride should take approximately 2 and a half hours.
Entering a ride:
Check the online ride schedules and select a ride that you would like to do, has the distance you wish to ride and is open for entries.
Enter online using the main Endurance GB website or via
you have selected, or download a ride entry form or copy the
one supplied in the information pack from the Endurance GB
Office, or if you do not possess any of these, send a SAE to
the Ride Organiser or Secretary requesting an entry form.
Enter the information required, any queries, please contact
the Ride Secretary, they will be able to help you.
If you are posting your entry, allow plenty of time, send a large
SAE (at least 10 x 8 size) in which the Ride Organiser will
send you details of the route, map, your start time, time of
veterinary inspection, ride number, etc.
When you receive your ride details, read the route description
and study the map carefully. You may wish to transfer the route
onto an OS Landranger 1:50,000 series map of the area. Check
the speed at which you have to ride and work out the times
that you should be at the checkpoints and at the finish. Make
a note of your pre-ride veterinary inspection time and plan to
arrive at the venue at least 30 to 60 minutes prior to this time.
On the day
Pack your equipment the day before to save you time before
you travel. Allow plenty of time for the journey, then on arrival,
go to the Secretary's Office to collect your number, (some
organisers require a deposit on these if you are a non member),
and hand in your Mastercard if you have one with the first four
columns completed (needed for endurance Rides but not for
Pleasure Rides). Be sure to read all the information on the notice
board as this will give you updated information regarding route
changes, marking, etc. Find out where the farrier and veterinary inspections are being held, and where the start is!
Report to the Farrier ten minutes before you are due at Vetting. The farrier will check that your horses hooves and shoes, if horse is shod, are in good condition for the ride. The horse’s hooves must not be oiled.
At all EGB rides you will have to fill in a Vet Sheet. Before the ride you will fill in details such as horse's name, breed etc and the rider's details, and the vet writer will fill in the rest of the sheet at the start, end and if applicable mid-way vettings. Each type of ride has its own vet sheet.
Pleasure Ride (PR) Vet Sheet
Graded Endurance Ride (GER) Vet Sheet
Competitive Endurance Ride (CER) Vet Sheet
When you enter a Graded or Competitive Ride, your horse will be vetted before the ride, 30 minutes after you finish, and in Competitive and longer Graded rides during the ride. You should present your horse to the vet in a headcollar or a bridle (your choice, as long as your horse is under control).
There are three main parts to the vetting:
Taking the pulse (GER & CER Only)
Lumps and bumps (GER & CER Only)
Trotting Up (PR, GER & CER)
Taking the Pulse
The first thing the vet will usually do is take the pulse by listening to the heart with a stethoscope.
The pulse is taken over a full minute, so it is important you train your horse to stand still while this is being done. At every vetting the pulse must be under 68 beats per minute (bpm) or you will be eliminated.
It is a good idea to practice taking the pulse at home. Stethoscopes can be obtained quite cheaply.
Lumps and Bumps
The vet will then check your horse over for any 'lumps and bumps'. If it has any recent injuries,
you should note these down on your vet sheet before the vetting. At the start of the ride the vet
is just making sure any current marks or injuries are noted, and that the horse is fit to start the ride.
At the final vetting, he will be looking for any new marks, for example saddle sores, brushing marks, bruised mouth.
Again, make sure your horse is used to being handled all over before the ride, will allow you to check inside his mouth,
and pick his feet up when asked.
Finally you will be asked to trot away a certain distance, normally marked with a cone, and then trot back, to see if your horse is sound. When you trot up, make sure you give your horse plenty of lead rope. Run along side the horse, so you do not obstruct the vet's view. At the turn stay on the outside of the horse, again so you do not obstruct the vet's view.
You will need to practise trotting up at home. Make sure your horse will trot out smartly alongside you and does not trail behind you.
If the vet thinks the horse may be lame, he will ask you to trot up again, and if he is still not sure a third time, with one of the other vets watching again. If they cannot decide whether he is lame or not after three trot ups you will be given the benefit of the doubt.
Start of the Ride:
Take a First Aid kit, hoof pick, your map and written
instructions with you on the Ride. Attach your
emergency contact labels, supplied by the secretary,
to you and to your horse. You are now ready to report
to the starter at the time you have been given(normally
within 30mins of vetting). When on the course, make
sure that the Checkpoint Stewards have notedyour number
as you pass through - this is your responsibility,
NOT the stewards. If, during the ride, you have not
seen a marker for a while and think that you may have
taken the wrong route, check with your map and written
instructions, and, if necessary, go back to the last
marker you saw in order to find the correct route. Be
courteous to people you meet during the ride especially
walkers and cyclists and give way to walkers.